How to Turn Real Science Into Great Science Fiction

Science fiction is the literature of discovery — and there are tons of great ways to come up with stories worth telling. But a lot of the most compelling stories are based on actual cutting-edge science. But how do you turn real science into science fiction? To find out, we asked hard SF writers and scientists. » 9/18/13 11:03am 9/18/13 11:03am

Is your immune system affecting how you think?

Over at Discover, Carl Zimmer tackles a question that many of us are wondering about during flu season. Why do our brains get sluggish when we're sick? It turns out that a neuroscientist named Jonathan Kipnis is working on an answer. He studies how T cells, major players in our immune system, collect in the lining… » 2/15/13 11:58am 2/15/13 11:58am

Fishing linked to higher percentage of tongue-eating, blood-drinking mouth leeches from Hell

Isopods are crustaceans (like lobsters). Some isopods are parasitic (like the one staring back at you in the picture up top). If you're having trouble making out what, exactly, this isopod has parasitized, the answer is: a fish. This little monster wriggled its way in through the gills of its host, implanted itself… » 3/02/12 5:00pm 3/02/12 5:00pm

Rabbits with Horns: Meet the Human Papillomavirus

The stories about rabbits with horns circulated for centuries. Eventually they crystallized into the myth of the jackalope. If you go to Wyoming and twirl a rack of postcards, chances are you'll find a picture of a jackalope bounding across the prairie. It looks like a rabbit sprouting a pair of antlers. You may even… » 4/26/11 3:23pm 4/26/11 3:23pm